Why Are Baby Teeth Important?
Just why are baby teeth so important? Baby teeth play an important role in the overall healthy development of children. This includes good nutrition, normal speech patterns, good occlusion (bite) in adulthood and a healthy dose of self-esteem courtesy of a beautiful smile.
Research has shown that Early Childhood Caries (cavities) frequently lead to compromised oral health as children grow up. Treatment of EEC can be worrisome for both parents and children, as it can also come with a huge financial burden. The good news is that in most cases it is preventable!
We Recommend a First Dental Visit at Age One
The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry recently released a policy statement reinforcing the importance of early oral health care for children. The Canadian Dental Association, The American Dental Association and the Alberta Dental Hygienists’ Association now recommend that parents bring their children in for their first consultation with a dental professional around the age of one, and that it is important that a child’s first dental experience be a positive one. An early visit to the family dental practice will:
Bring Your Questions
We invite parents to make an appointment for our “newest” clients right around their first birthday with one of our Registered Dental Hygienists. This appointment will include a quick mouth check and a general discussion about oral healthcare for toddlers. So, parents bring your questions!
Laying the Foundation for Good Oral Health
This first visit will lay the foundation for good oral health and a good relationship between your child and your dental health professionals, making future visits both positive and fun like Kia here (see photos). She enjoyed her first time having a dental cleaning with Janet Hempler, RDH, and a complete dental examination with Dr. Ahpin, including x-rays, at age 3.
Please take note that there is a cost for this visit that may not be covered by your dental plan. View our payment policy for more information about our accepted methods of payment. Feel free to contact us, or you can also contact your local Public Health Centre dental professionals with any questions or concerns you may have.
Healthy Gums, Healthy Mouth
Practicing good oral health is crucial in avoiding gum infections like periodontitis, which occurs when plaque is not properly removed. The plaque hardens into tartar, and as the two build up, the gums pull away from the teeth, leaving pockets between the teeth and gums. More advanced periodontitis occurs as the gums continue to recede, destroying the bone that supports your teeth. As a result, teeth may become loose and require extraction. Periodontitis can also increase your risk of heart attack, stroke and other serious health problems.
The result of poor oral hygiene, periodontitis is mostly preventable by:
To schedule a check-up with one of our dentists at Ahpin Dental Centre, call our office today.